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    Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural Light Paid Member

    Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural LightNamkhai Norbu Snow Lion Publications: Ithaca, New York, 1992. 128 pp. $12.95 (paperback).   Dream Yoga and the Practices of Natural Light addresses the possibilities of lucid dreaming. Tibetan author Namkhai Norbu, an internationally respected teacher of the Vajrayana traditions of tantra and dzogchen, instructs as well on evoking passages into natural light (a nonconceptual display of consciousness) after falling asleep but before dreams begin. The introduction, beauti­fully written by Michael Katz, provides an historical account of the relevance of dreams and their value in several different cultures. It also emphasizes the importance of awakeness during both sleep and dreaming. More »
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    The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and Civilization Paid Member

    The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and CivilizationEdited by Max Oelschlaeger Sierra Club Books, 1992. 345 pp. $30.00 (hardcover).   More »
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    The Blue Cliff Record Paid Member

    The Blue Cliff RecordTranslated by Thomas Cleary and J. C. Cleary Shambhala Publications: Boston 1992. 648 pp. $60.00 (hardcover). More »
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    Relative World, Ultimate Mind Paid Member

    Relative World, Ultimate MindThe Twelfth Tai SitupaShambhala Publications: Boston, 1992. 157 pp. $12.00 (paperback).   More »
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    The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent Paid Member

    The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent Thomas A. Tweed Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1992. 242 pp. $29.95 (hardcover).   As Thomas Tweed amply documents, the history of Buddhism in the United States of America began in the nineteenth­-century coal-and-steam-fired era, characterized "by an emphasis on industry, sobriety, domesticity, nativism, competitiveness, and order.” It was also strongly colored by four related stances—or "attitudes" as we might call them these days—namely, "theism, indivi­dualism, activism, and optimism." More »
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    The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa Paid Member

    The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa Translated by Lucien Stryk with the assistance of Noboru Fujiwara Swallow Press/Ohio University Press: Athens, Ohio, 1991. 128 pp. $19.95 (paperback) $24.95 (hardbound).   Haiku's greatest master, Matsuo Basho, said that a poem is born when the object and the poet become one. A poem that expresses this unified moment is an act of direct transmission not unlike the "turning phrase" of Zen practice; the world is clarified and made real for the poet and reader as well. More »